Hospitality Internship Blog by Lindsey Woj

Updated: Jun 1, 2020

Hello and welcome to my blog!

I hope you enjoy all my experiences on the farm and what I learned along the way!

Where my Journey Began 8/5/19

It all started when I decided to take a look on one Monday afternoon in August. I had recently graduated from Montclair State University with a degree in business administration, but no direction as to where I wanted to go next. I searched for different internships in my area and the hospitality internship at the farm was one of the first ones that popped up. I had an interest in hospitality and farm life, so this sparked a huge interest for me. I applied for the position and twenty minutes later, I received a call from Kathy Fields, the owner of Flint Hill Farm. We talked for about fifteen minutes and made a date for me to visit the farm and see how I could possibly fit in there.

As soon as I arrived on the farm for this first time, I knew only good things could come out of this. Since I was a little girl, I have always wanted to work with animals or on a farm. That may be a silly thing to want, but I have been drawn to animals and they always seem to take a liking to me. The farm was very creative and quaint. The first thing you see is the artwork on the barns and the dairy store. Kathy greeted me and we continued to tour the farm as she told me different stories about the farm and its unique features.

The Blacksmith Shop is one of my favorite places on the farm. It has the original barn doors that the blacksmith would use to open and move the horses. The forge is still in there as well and the farm offers blacksmith classes.

taught by a professional blacksmith. I have yet to see these take place because our blacksmith had to leave temporarily, but hopefully they will be up and running soon enough! The farm also has a bed and breakfast located in the farmhouse. There are three rooms, which are the Equine Room, the Loom Room, and the Master Bedroom. The farmhouse is from 1850 and contains so many treasures, including about six different coo coo clocks that continue to go off throughout the day.

After the tour, Kathy and I sat down and discussed what my interests were and if this internship would be of any interest to me. My duties would include housekeeping of the farmhouse, blacksmith shop, tent and trailer, be creative with the dairy store and help with animals if needed. Kathy wanted me to go home and create a list of expectations that I have for the internship and what I would like to focus on. My main goal was to learn how to run a bed and breakfast so I can one day take my knowledge elsewhere and help that place become successful.

Duties as a Housekeeper

Each day is different on the farm and that is one of my favourite things about it. Regardless if I do the same thing or not each time I am there, something is always a surprise. When I arrive on the farm for the day, Kathy gives me a list of things that need to be done right away. This usually includes checking to see if and how many guests are arriving that day and at what time. It is always important to have all the rooms ready in case there is a last minute booking. There have been a few times where people needed to book a few hours before arriving and I had to scramble to make sure all the rooms were ready.